I moved all my Blu Mayan build to this corisair 350D because Im planning to use this PC as a steam machine/HTPC, and build another one as my main PC, this PC for now is my main PC but when I get my new build (we are talking in about 2 years hehe) this will be my steam machine for my tv.
I have to sacrifice some HDD, and using a external enclosure for my 3TB HDD, I listed in the description the model. But Im still usign my 2 SSD and a new one mSata which I will use through and adapter as a 2.5 SSD, Im add also in the description this adapter.
I planned to use the mPCIe combo that comes with the Maximus V gene MoBo for my wifi card and also the mSata SSD, but I was not able to use the mPCIe combo with the water block for the VRM... so I made the craziest thing (that I dont recommend you to do), as I have 2 M5G MoBo, I have 2 mPCIe combo cards, so I said... why no? and I cut down the PCB of the card in order to fit the space left of the VRM water block... and surprise!! it works!. The only thing I couldnt fit on there was the mSata SSD, and yes, I would not try to cut it... hehe. so thats why I get the adapter to use it as an 2.5 SSD.
I´ve changed my two Radeon HD 7870 for a R9 290x, it basically have the same performance so far in any game, another reason to do this is because I needed the space to put my sound card.
Im getting great tempetures from the WC, the thing is that the silicon lottery play tricks with me, and both my 3770k and the R9 290x are not great overclockers, I managed to get my CPU to 4.7Ghz stable but with a 1.544v after an hour of running prime95 with a max temp of 86C, but it consumes 283.9w max just for the CPU, so I think that both tempetures and power consumption doesnt worth it, so I return it to a normal 4.5Ghz with a still high 1.328v, but with better temps and power consumption (75C max and 225.4w max).
I know some people will wont like the external rad, but I really wanted overkill heat desepation so I can fit even a dual GPU card in the future... Im thinking maybe I´ll go for the Fury X2 that would be look awesome on this build a think.
I have also moded the front panel to have a better airflow for the front radiator, I use my dremel tool to first mark where the saw is gonna cut, I use a mesh to cover the panel and paint it with black mate painting.